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Honeymoon: And Other Stories

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The characters in Kevin Canty’s new collection are people we all know. People who are perhaps ourselves, searching, often in the wrong places, for something meaningful, or real, or at least, for a moment, right. Here are couples like Vincent and Laurie, who after beginning an ill-timed relationship, escape for a weekend at the beach, where they confront their inevitable se ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published December 3rd 2002 by Vintage (first published 2001)
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Faith Santiago
Feb 16, 2011 Faith Santiago rated it it was amazing
“Honeymoon and other stories”
By Kevin Canty
Vintage Books
New York, 2002


In Honeymoon: And Other Stories stories by Kevin Canty, a world of daring love and uncontrollable desire take control of many people that are just like you and me. In this world, we are on a search for ourselves and try to find out who we really are through the trials and tribulations we claim to be part of our lives. We smile, cry, and laugh, but we in turn experience pleasure, pain, anger and sadness all within a matter of m
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Meghan C.
Aug 18, 2014 Meghan C. rated it liked it
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If you like lyrical language put to sad ends, then these stories are for you. For everyone else be forewarned, these stories are not meant to be enjoyed. There might be a turn of phrase here, or a quip there that brings a wry smile, but on the whole the mood is world-weary, the perspective is Brechtian but without the jazz. Life within these stories is nasty, brutish and short and what beauty there is to be had is only glimpsed out of the darkening window of a moving car.

Canty’s writing here is
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Arjun
Apr 10, 2011 Arjun rated it it was amazing
A tremendous collection of spare stories. Canty's characters are people about to make a bad decision or reeling from the effects of one. He creates stories and worlds with a remarkable economy of words; he dives in and dives right back out and as a reader you just hang on for the ride and then marvel at how quickly and efficiently the writing has succeeded in moving you completely. Highly recommended.
Ffiamma
May 16, 2013 Ffiamma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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veramente una gran raccolta. storie delicate e terribili, come sospese- non c'è mai nulla di troppo spiegato eppure ogni cosa appare chiara.
i migliori: il vestito rosso, lo spaventapasseri e carolina beach.
Karisa Wodz
Apr 06, 2011 Karisa Wodz rated it liked it
Honeymoon: And Other Stories
By Kevin Canty
Vintage Books
New York, 2002

Love: The True, The Real, The Void

If you have ever longed for something that you didn’t really want, or ever pursued avenues of happiness, knowing that heartache was soon to follow- then you will be a fan of Kevin Canty’s Honeymoon: And Other Stories. Do not be fooled by the title that omits visions of white-satin sheets full of lovemaking and bliss- Honeymoon contains eleven stories of raw emotions, realistic love and tangi
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Rosa Lee Mullins
Apr 06, 2011 Rosa Lee Mullins rated it it was amazing
How do you react when you see someone you secretly love to hate? This question goes through the minds of each of the characters in Kevin Canty’s short stories collection. The eleven stories in this collection are of people who everyone is familiar with and can relate to, as well as people who are so awkward that they make the story hard to believe. The characters are involved in awkward relationships, bothered by each other, and are unable to properly interact with other humans. Some characters ...more
Paul
Jun 06, 2013 Paul rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I mean, most of the stories here were just plain BAD. Like, seriously and very and all-out bad. I think the biggest problem is that the stories never go anywhere—most are just ideas or concepts, but contain no actual narrative. They never move beyond a single scene. The one story that does, the penultimate, rises far above the rest, if only for this reason. The opening three, though, holy Jesus. Just basically terrible. There's also stuff like nearly every story is told in the present tense, whi ...more
Laura
Apr 13, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
Honeymoon: And Other Stories is an excellent collection of short stories. What I absolutely love about each of these stories is that the writing is crisp, precise and powerful and that each one moves at a steady pace that delivers as much impact as possible without dragging on and on and on. Also, I feel that Canty creates characters that are deep, that long for understanding and love. He surrounds these characters with powerful emotions, desires, and he creates dialogue that is just as sharp an ...more
Robert
Sep 14, 2015 Robert rated it it was amazing
Read this guy--short story master.
Kendall
Great writer. Discovered by reading a review at Salon.com.
Rvparks Parks
Feb 02, 2008 Rvparks Parks rated it really liked it
Not as good as previous efforts, beautiful, nonetheless.
Josh
Jun 18, 2008 Josh rated it it was ok
Not as good as A Stranger In This World. Read that instead.
Dan
Aug 25, 2010 Dan rated it it was amazing
Awesome book of short stories
Chloe Harlow
Nov 07, 2010 Chloe Harlow rated it really liked it
great writing
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Kevin Canty writes novels and short stories. He is a faculty member in the English department at the University of Montana at Missoula, where he currently resides. He received his Masters degree in English from the University of Florida in 1990, and M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Arizona in 1993.
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